So, with trepidations, we tried Modesto again for lunch on Saturday. The menu is quite different now, a much larger selection. It is broken into cold antipasti, hot antipasti, salads, pastas, pannini, pizza. I did not see the dinner menu. I believe that the prices are lower now.
The wines appear to be the same, but the 1/2 glass option is gone.
Lots of things looked good, I limited myself to the Roasted Delicata Squash w/ Mint Vinaigrette app ($4.50) and the watercress salad w/ duck confit ($7.something). Both items were good. They brought us bread and a nice green good-quality olive oil.
My husband surprised me by ordering pizza. I thought we had determined that pizzas were Modesto's weak link. Jeff liked his sopresetta pizza reasonably well, and I did too. It had fresh mozerella which always makes me more receptive to a pizza. The crust had been brushed w/ some basil-ish olive oil, and was thus made somewhat more flavorful. It's still not the greatest crust I ever had, but it's OK if you're in a mood for pizza. Personally, I was hoping he would order the risotto.
Outside tables are now available, which we utilized (thrilling in December). Service was good.
I think it's safe to return to Modesto. There were several other things on the menu I was interested in trying. I suggest giving it a shot but ordering something other than pizza.